So time for my second īsta Mīlestība Gaida (True Love Waits) conference here in Latvia, this time invited as a keynote speaker, talking on the 10 myths of Love.
Preparing for this event has been a pain because no matter how much time I spent praying I could not feel peace over my presentation. It was like I couldn’t hear what God wanted me to talk about. I prepared a flashy presentation in OpenOffice.org but wasn’t really sure about the message.
Trying to just relax and think about something else I cut of the epaulettes of my uniform (I had the Swedish silly R n D version of the uniform) and sowed on the new ones that we need for college.
When I arrive at IMG-5 I was encouraged by the youth all in uniforms and all prayed up, they proceeded to pray for me, my translator and the guy who was going to run the powerpoint. But God had still not spoken.
The worship was very good but wasn’t in the flow they did surprise me by playing Personal Jesus by Depeche Mod a point missed by most of the crowd who where just to young to know the song or the band. Oh my, I am getting old.
As I started to speak I was struggling to get the message straight. The translator, well, she wasn’t bad but I think she was intimidated by the size of the crowd, by me and by the microphone because she spoke to silently and with a level tone. After I had preached for 25 – 30 minutes, as I was in the closing of the sermon I read Gal 5:22-23 the spirit of God came heavily on me and it was clear that it was this God wanted to say.
The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Love is joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulnes, goodness and self control. The message that True Love brings self control is a message worthy of celebration. Self control, the control of self. If we sow the spirit of God into our life we reap Love and Love will in the end give us self control that is ultimate control over our lives. To do what we where meant to do, go where we where meant to go, become what we where meant to become.
I am sure I will come back to this topic later. The end of the meeting was spirit filled and powerful, the praiseband got deep into the flow and guided us on to meet with God. All in all I thing IMG-5 got of to a great start and it will be a huge success!